Ian Siegal made a welcome return to the Cluny in Newcastle in support of his latest live album release.
Siegal broughtÂ his extremely talented band, known as the Rhythm Chiefs,Â featuring Dusty Ciggaar (guitar), Raphael Schwiddessen (drums), and Danny Vanâ€™t Hoff (bass). Ianâ€™s well balanced two-hour set featured materials from his latest offering One Night In Amsterdam along with some old favorites.
Siegal opened the show with a tremendous rendition of â€œWriting On The Wallâ€ by Harry Stephenson, before launching into the rather funky â€œBrandy Balloon.â€ Ian and Dusty played off each other really well, and this was particularly noticeable during â€œI Am The Train,â€ a superb solo from Ciggaar leaving the audience cheering.
Throughout the set, Ian Siegal played a diverse range of songs including Prince’s “get off,” a nice and bluesy rendition of “Revelator (John The Apostle)” and a cover of Tom Russell’s “Gallo Del Cielo” featuring a blistering solo from Ciggaar. Ian also paid tribute to Robert Balfour who sadly passed away recently, he reminisced of time spent in Mississippi before launching into some dirty blue in the shape of â€œShe Got The Devil In Her.â€
The beautiful â€œEarly Graceâ€ had the crowd mesmerized, with the stunning slide guitar played by Siegal. The epic â€œFalling On Downâ€ from Ianâ€™s 2005 album Meat and PotatoesÂ was a stand out moment in the set, resulting in rapturous applause from the audience.
Ianâ€™s band The Rhythm Chiefs have been together for over a decade. They also got their moment to shine during an interlude in the set when Ian left the stage to allow them to play some superb instrumental Rhythm and Blues.
Siegal closed his main set with â€œQueen of the Junior Prom,â€ leaving the audience wanting more. The pleading-for-more crowd obliged the band returned to the stage to close out the evening with a cover of Eric Von Schmidtâ€™s â€œBaby Let Me Follow You Downâ€ and â€œTake A Walk In The Wilderness.â€